What to do while waiting for admission decision?

Congratulations, you have submitted your application to the University Admissions! Great! So, what’s next? Now comes the waiting game. Not always a joyride, as it can be daunting and make you feel anxious. But, fret not! While the universe unfolds its way for you, it’s always a good idea to start a journey of mental preparation for whatever whispers of fate may come your way.

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🌼 Enjoy the moment

First and foremost, do things that make your heart feel full! Enjoy everything that you have now because things are changing soon. You might have started having the “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda” after submitting your application. But try not to think about these things all the time. Be confident in the application you submitted and know that if things are meant for you, they will be yours anyway. All you need to do is just to receive it! 🥳

An international student wears a cheerful expression while buying ice cream at a Stockholm harbor.
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🚀 Find and apply for scholarships

Now that your applications have been submitted, time to apply for scholarships. Schedule some time each week to send in quality applications for scholarships. If you have several years of work experience, currently The Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals (SISGP) is open for applications. Many higher education institutions in Sweden also offer scholarships for international students, and you can check the list of the scholarships here.

📝 Applying for SISGP? Here are some tips from TJ

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🥊 Prepare for some action plans

Make sure that you know the overview of all the documents needed when you move to Sweden. Don’t forget to take a look at your passport, and check the expiration date. Also, get your diploma from your school as you need to bring it with you if you get admitted. But don’t go too much into it just yet; you will learn more about this when the results are announced.

Other than that, it is nice to take a look at your housing options there. Look for information if the university provides accommodations for international students. You can also plan for the fee and budget! Or, you can keep searching for additional information about the colleges: the research they do, the courses, the lecturers, the student associations, etc. Take the time to thoroughly investigate each college so that you will know you are making the most informed choice when it comes time to make your final pick.

An international student using a laptop in a living room.
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🧚 Prepare also for some backup plans!

In my experience, while I was waiting for a decision, I polished my CV and looked for some volunteer and remote jobs. During that time, I also started learning new languages (Swedish was one of them). I kept very low expectations and was also mentally prepared for not being accepted, while trying to stack some plan B C D on what I wanted to do instead.

I believe that whatever happens, wherever we end up, everything will work out! And if this year doesn’t go as planned, use it as a chance to learn and get more relevant experience before applying again next year. Personally, for me it was my fifth consecutive year of trying that I got accepted into a Master’s program in Sweden and awarded a scholarship. So, all you got to do is try and hope for the best~💖 I wish you luck, friends!


Written by Nana

30 Jan 2024